[KS] Monash University Korean Studies Seminar Series Talk 4: Prof. Nicholas Harkness (Harvard University)

Adam Zulawnik adam.zulawnik at monash.edu
Thu Apr 22 19:59:47 EDT 2021

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you to talk 4 of our annual *Monash University
Korean Studies Seminar Series*, made possible thanks to the Core University
Program for Korean Studies through the Ministry of Education of the
Republic of Korea and Korean Studies Promotion Service of the Academy of
Korean Studies (AKS-2017-OLU-2250002).

Talk 4: Prof. Nicholas Harkness (Harvard University)

Friday, April 30 at 9 AM AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time!)

Sign up link: https://forms.gle/rZHYEWaVum3q8iB19

Zoom links will be sent out the day prior to the talk.

*Glossolalia and the Problem of Language in South Korea*


Speaking in tongues, also known as glossolalia, has long been a subject of
curiosity as well as vigorous theological debate. A worldwide phenomenon
that spans multiple Christian traditions, glossolalia is both celebrated as
a supernatural gift and condemned as semiotic alchemy. In South Korea,
glossolalia is practiced widely across Protestant denominations and
congregations. This lecture addresses the popularity of glossolalia in
South Korea, situating the practice at the intersection of numerous, often
competing social forces, interwoven religious legacies, and spiritual
desires that have been amplified by Christianity’s massive


Nicholas Harkness is the Modern Korean Economy and Society Professor of
Anthropology at Harvard University. He specializes in linguistic and
semiotic approaches to sociocultural analysis. His research in South Korea
has resulted in publications on various topics, including voice, language,
music, religion, ritual, kinship, liquor, and the city of Seoul. His first
book, Songs of Seoul: An Ethnography of Voice and Voicing in Christian
South Korea(University of California Press, 2014), was awarded the Edward
Sapir Book Prize by the Society for Linguistic Anthropology (Co-Winner,
2014, American Anthropological Association). Harkness's second book is
titled Glossolalia and the Problem of Language (University of Chicago
Press, 2021).


Dr. Adam Antoni Zulawnik
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Korean Studies
School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics
Monash University

*Latest publication*:
*"Death to the Translator!" - A Case Study on Risk in Translation *
(A Zulawnik, *AALITRA Review, *2020).

*Forthcoming publication*:
*Interviews with North Korea**n Defectors - from Kim Shin-jo to Thae
Yong-ho *
(I Lim & A Zulawnik [trans],* Routledge, *2021).
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